Look Both Ways


Wish I had,

A crossing gate.

To keep me from,

Mistakes I’d make.


Free from errors,

And, bad judgements.

No falls off cliffs,

To downward descend.


But, life does not,

Work that way.

No flashing gate,

With alarms ablaze.


The train will barrel,

Down the track.

It’s only you,

To hold yourself back.


Take a deep breath,

And, clench your fist,

With eyes wide open,

Take a risk.


Because, those trains,

Won’t become derailed.

Either, achieve success,

Or, just maybe fail.


There’s one guarantee,

You’ll learn from life.

But, odds get better,

If you do what’s right.


So look both ways,

Before you cross.

They’ll be some success,

And, of course some loss.

  • Author: WriteBeLight (Offline Offline)
  • Published: August 4th, 2017 08:11
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 171
  • User favorite of this poem: whisperingquill.
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  • Goldfinch60

    All those crossingswe take can be scary, but once crossed add to our experience. Good write.

    • WriteBeLight

      Exactly Goldfinch. Nicely said and thank you!

    • orchidee

      Yes, fine write WBL. Now Outback knows I gets confused with thinking and non-thinking, and all that. By the time I've "thought" about going over the crossroads the train will knock me over! (What I am wittering on about?). heehee.

      • WriteBeLight

        Ha Ha. That is a good point about the problem with procrastination! 🙂

      • Tony36

        I think we could all use a crossing gate in our lives. Great write

        • WriteBeLight

          Wouldn't that be nice? Thanks Tony!

          • Tony36


          • whisperingquill

            Damn, Write this is pretty tight
            Profound within suspended sundown
            emitting enhanced auric sound
            strumming the influx of epiphanies impulse

            Nicely done

            Really deep "it's only you, to hold yourself back" I love that so damn true 👍🏼

            • WriteBeLight

              Thanks so very much whisperingquill! It is up to us in the end. We have to try. 🙂

              • WriteBeLight

                And thanks for saving as a favorite!

              • Michael Edwards

                They can be so dangerous - when we reach a crossing we need time to reflect - do like this WBL

                • WriteBeLight

                  Thanks Michael. There is something to learn no matter what the outcome.

                • Fay Slimm.

                  Wise council and written in wonderful rhyme. You capture the feeling of being caught between tracks.

                  • WriteBeLight

                    Thanks Fay. I really appreciate that point 🙂

                  • FredPeyer

                    Look both ways....no train......but you missed the truck in front of you!
                    Great poem WBL, so true, but sometimes we do look in the wrong direction.

                  • Christina8

                    Very insightful poem. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing!

                  • Night Owl

                    Nice! I often have this conversation with myself...

                    • WriteBeLight

                      It is good to listen to that little voice inside!

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